US-led coalition warplanes have intensified bombing raids to push back the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) intent on seizing the Kurdish town of Kobane in Syria, the US military said, Al Jazeera reported.
US and Jordanian aircraft conducted eight additional strikes on ISIL around Kobane, for a total of 14 coalition strikes for the day and 19 bombing raids near the town since Tuesday, the US Central Command, which is overseeing the air war and American forces in the Middle East, said on Wednesday.
The latest strikes near Kobane destroyed five armed vehicles, an ISIL supply depot, a command center, a logistics compound, and eight occupied barracks, the Central Command said.
Another air raid southwest of the Syrian city of Raqqa destroyed four armed vehicles and damaged two more, it said.
US fighter jets and other aircraft also kept up bombing runs in Iraq, with one attack northwest of Ramadi, one in Mosul and another raid south of Kirkuk, it said.
"Indications are that Kurdish militia there continue to control most of the city and are holding out against ISIL," Central Command said in a statement.
Al Jazeera has also learned that some ISIL fighters have pulled out from the town after a push by Kurdish forces, but ISIL's flag is still seen on a hill overlooking Kobane.
Latest reports said around 200,000 people have already fled Kobane and surrounding villages since the fighting began.